Yemen Crisis | News & Discussions

#1

Falcon29

THINK TANK
Ratings
4 503 0
Joined
Nov 29, 2014
Messages
1,008
Likes
515
Country
Palestinian Territory, Occupied
Location
USA
Yemeni troops battle Shiite rebels in Yemeni capital - Yahoo News


SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's U.S.-backed leadership came under serious threat Monday as government troops clashed with Shiite rebels near the presidential palace and a key military base in what one official called "a step toward a coup."

The militants seized control of state media in fierce fighting that marked the biggest challenge yet to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi by the rebels, known as Houthis, who swept down from their northern strongholds last year and captured the capital in September.

..........................

..............................

@Scorpion @Legend

How come nobody is speaking of this? And what is Saudi/GCC position? To remain neutral?
 
#2

Scorpion

THINK TANK
Ratings
25 1,871 0
Joined
Nov 27, 2014
Messages
2,735
Likes
1,890
Country
Saudi Arabia
Location
Saudi Arabia
Yemen is in deep shit my friend, large portion of the government itself is in agreement with Houthi. Don't expect much, the Huothi has established a military wing within Yemen. Saudi Arabia will most likely seal its border and keep monitoring Yemen sea ports should Iran attempt to fund and arm the Houthis.
 
#3

Combat Medic

SENIOR MEMBER
Ratings
9 875 0
Joined
Nov 28, 2014
Messages
1,524
Likes
874
Country
USA
Location
United Arab Emirates
As long as the Houthis and Al Qaeda are at each other throat, its appropriate to just watch from a distance. The Yemeni government on other hand doesn't want to eradicate the Houthis. Otherwise they would have done already. Saudi Arabia has donated military weapons including vehicles. On top of that hand out $3b. The Yemeni government took the Houthi as an excuse to blackmail Saudi Arabia and Gulf States for more money. Now let them have it for all we care.







Why should we care anyway. The Houthis know very well the Saudis capability and have tested it back in 09. I remember last time Saudi army went 20 kilometers inside Yemen drawing a red line that the Houthis will think ten times before getting close to it.
 
#4

Falcon29

THINK TANK
Ratings
4 503 0
Joined
Nov 29, 2014
Messages
1,008
Likes
515
Country
Palestinian Territory, Occupied
Location
USA
It's sad seeing Yemen break down like this but was expected due to economic situation.
 
#5

Scorpion

THINK TANK
Ratings
25 1,871 0
Joined
Nov 27, 2014
Messages
2,735
Likes
1,890
Country
Saudi Arabia
Location
Saudi Arabia
It's sad seeing Yemen break down like this but was expected due to economic situation.
Its indeed sad but the situation is much more complex than you think. Its not about economy, its a fight for power. I pray to God that a civil war doesn't break out.
 
#6
Ratings
5 224 0
Joined
Dec 22, 2014
Messages
200
Likes
229
Country
Saudi Arabia
Location
United Kingdom
Quote :

Iranian-backed Shi’ite Houthi rebels are on the verge of a coup in Yemen as Sunni rivals within the country and regionally seem helpless to stop them.


Sunni countries in the region are distracted by more pressing instability at home and of the threat from Islamic State and other radical groups. The West, focused on Islamic State and its coordinated action in Syria and Iraq, sees Yemen as a side show.

“GCC [the Gulf Cooperation Council] must intervene now to save Yemen,” the UAE-based Gulf News headlined its editorial on Tuesday, in a sign of the shock of Yemen’s Sunni Gulf neighbors.

“Al Houthis already control 14 provinces out of 21,” the paper noted, adding that “the GCC cannot watch idly while the Iran-allied Al Houthis terrorize a neighboring country and flex their muscles in a region already riddled with conflicts.”

If the Houthis are able to solidify control over the Arabian Peninsula’s southernmost country, which abuts the Red Sea, whence ships travel to and from Eilat, Aqaba and the Suez Canal, they could endanger Israel’s and other countries’ sea traffic.

On display across Sanaa, the group’s slogan “Death to America, Death to Israel” is modeled on revolutionary Iran’s motto, and many Yemenis draw parallels between the Houthis and another of Iran’s Shi’ite protégés – Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

Yemeni and Iranian officials say Iran supplied military and financial support to Houthi forces both before and after their takeover of Sanaa. A senior Houthi official denied this.

A senior Iranian official told Reuters last year the pace of money and arms getting to the Houthis had increased since their seizure of Sanaa.

“The GCC took its eye off the ball in Yemen. It let its own backyard go up in flames,” David Andrew Weinberg, a specialist on Gulf affairs and a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.

“By fiddling while Yemen burns, the Saudis have given Iran a huge new advantage along its southern border,” he said.
“The Saudis are now confronted with Islamic State and Iran-backed Shi’ite insurgents on their northern border, and hegemonic Houthis as well as AQAP on their southern one,” he said.

Some of the Houthis’ greatest advances took place while the regional and international attention was focused on the expansion of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, said Weinberg.

He noted that during that same period, the GCC was busy trying to patch up the dispute between Qatar and the other Gulf states led by Saudi Arabia.

“Given that the Qataris played a leading role in persuading Yemeni strongmen Ali Abdullah Saleh to give up power in 2011, the Gulf states were in less of a position to exert leverage in Yemen without Doha being prepared to take part,” continued Weinberg.
Weinberg said it may be too late to push the Houthis back.

A military intervention backed by Gulf states might turn the Houthis back, “but the Saudis tried that in 2009 and found themselves embarrassingly defeated,” he said. “Now the Houthis are only stronger.”

Oren Adaki, a research analyst of the Arab world at the same Washington-based think tank who closely follows Yemen, told the Post that “Saudi influence in Yemen is at an all-time low.”

“The Houthi takeover of Yemen means absolutely everything to Iran. They are watching events unfold there like an investor watching his investments return hefty dividends,” said Adaki.

“Iranian officials could hardly contain themselves during the first days following the Houthi seizure of Sanaa in late September. They openly boasted that Sanaa had fallen into their sphere of influence and eagerly announced that they support the Houthis.”

Reuters contributed to this report.

...

So, we do nothing ? o_O

And we will have a second Hezbollah - within 5 years - but this time our southern border.



...
 
#7

BLACKEAGLE

SENIOR MEMBER
Ratings
10 1,971 0
Joined
Dec 5, 2014
Messages
3,627
Likes
1,981
Country
Jordan
Location
Jordan
Quote :

So, we do nothing ? o_O

And we will have a second Hezbollah - within 5 years - but this time our southern border.



...
Some Yemeni Sunnis put themselves in this situation and gave Yemen to Houthies and yet Iran on a golden plate, some did this ignorantly like Hadi and his cult and others purposely especially Saleh. The situation looks desperate and the only way seen to prevent Yemen from falling into their hands is by letting Houthies and their rivals keep fighting eachother off. However, in all scenarios GCC are in a bad situation.
 
#8

Falcon29

THINK TANK
Ratings
4 503 0
Joined
Nov 29, 2014
Messages
1,008
Likes
515
Country
Palestinian Territory, Occupied
Location
USA
Some Yemeni Sunnis put themselves in this situation and gave Yemen to Houthies and yet Iran on a golden plate, some did this ignorantly like Hadi and his cult and others purposely especially Saleh. The situation looks desperate and the only way seen to prevent Yemen from falling into their hands is by letting Houthies and their rivals keep fighting eachother off. However, in all scenarios GCC are in a bad situation.
This is what happens when GCC hate MB so much they completely work towards weakening them even if Yemen falls to Houthis. And also allowing US to use Saudi as base to target AQ. Houthis are currently strongest. If civil war does break out that won't be good for anybody. Could spill over into both Iran and GCC.

US also doesn't mind since it scares GCC and they continue to influence your politics.
 
#9
Ratings
0 4 0
Joined
Jan 12, 2015
Messages
66
Likes
4
Country
USA
Location
USA
Adolf Hitler is a prime example of my upcoming point. In the midst of turmoil, people search desperately for any person that can bring them out of it. They will select that leader if that person leads in a way that is contrary to the rights of others. Countries like Yemen are a concern. It is a perfect breeding ground for extremist. The economic problems and the embarrassment of the loss of World War II brought Hitler. Could the chaos in Yemen lead to new factions of terror?
 
#10
Ratings
0 21 0
Joined
Dec 4, 2014
Messages
66
Likes
21
Country
Iran
Location
Iran
Yemen is now under Iran's control. Saudi Arabia will become under our mercy very soon.
 
#11

Combat Medic

SENIOR MEMBER
Ratings
9 875 0
Joined
Nov 28, 2014
Messages
1,524
Likes
874
Country
USA
Location
United Arab Emirates
Yemen is now under Iran's control. Saudi Arabia will become under our mercy very soon.
That is what you wish Majosi. Saudi Arabia isn't Iraq or Lebanon to be circled by bunch of head towels.
 
#12

Combat Medic

SENIOR MEMBER
Ratings
9 875 0
Joined
Nov 28, 2014
Messages
1,524
Likes
874
Country
USA
Location
United Arab Emirates
Yemen crisis: Thousands march against rebels in Sanaa

Thousands of Yemenis have taken to the streets in the capital Sanaa to protest against Shia Houthi rebels who have tightened their grip on the city.

Friday saw marches for and against the rebels, in the wake of the resignation of the Western-backed president and PM.

President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi had said he could not continue after the Houthis failed to honour a peace deal.

Protests against the rebels were also reported in a number of other cities on Saturday.

Parliament is due to meet on Sunday to discuss whether to accept President Hadi's resignation.

Security sources have told the BBC that Yemen's intelligence chief, Ali Hassan al-Ahmedi, has also stepped down.

BBC regional analyst Alan Johnston says that in the aftermath of President Hadi's resignation there's a sense that Yemen is leaderless and drifting through a dangerously uncertain political moment.

Ceasefire shattered
Demonstrators chanted "No to Houthis" as they headed towards President Hadi's home.

They demanded that he stay in power and impose the authority of the state despite the pressure from the rebels.

Houthi militiamen did not attempt to stop them.

Some reports said up to 10,000 people were taking part.



The demonstration came a day after big crowds of Houthi supporters took to the streets



Women and children took part



Some clashes broke out between supporters and opponents of the Houthis


The Houthis have been consolidating their hold on Sanaa
On Wednesday the president's home was shelled, shattering a ceasefire that had been agreed only hours earlier.

The ceasefire deal had met a series of rebel demands, including the expansion of Houthi representation in parliament and key state institutions.

In return, the rebels said they would pull back from their positions and free the president's chief-of-staff, who they have held for a week. But so far they have not done so.

Houthi gunmen also fired on Prime Minister Khaled Bahah's convoy earlier in the week and then laid siege to the palace where he was staying.

The Houthis, who follow a branch of Shia Islam known as Zaidism, have staged periodic uprisings since 2004 in an effort to win greater autonomy for their northern heartland of Saada province.

Since July the rebels have inflicted defeats on tribal and militia groups backed by the leading Sunni Islamist party, Islah, and battled al-Qaeda as they have pushed into central and western provinces.

BBC News - Yemen crisis: Thousands march against rebels in Sanaa
 
Last edited:
#13

Falcon29

THINK TANK
Ratings
4 503 0
Joined
Nov 29, 2014
Messages
1,008
Likes
515
Country
Palestinian Territory, Occupied
Location
USA
Yemen is now under Iran's control. Saudi Arabia will become under our mercy very soon.
Are you trolling or being serious? So Sufyani will turn out to be Iranian? And Mahdi will defeat him? Whoops! D:-D
 
#14

Scorpion

THINK TANK
Ratings
25 1,871 0
Joined
Nov 27, 2014
Messages
2,735
Likes
1,890
Country
Saudi Arabia
Location
Saudi Arabia
Are you trolling or being serious? So Sufyani will turn out to be Iranian? And Mahdi will defeat him? Whoops! D:-D
He is butthurt. His shithole country is suffering because of the economic war Saudi Arabia and the GCC states waging against the Mullah state.
 
#15
Ratings
0 18 0
Joined
Jan 13, 2015
Messages
125
Likes
18
Country
USA
Location
USA
I hope this situation doesn't get turned I to another oil conflict. It sounds like an internal issue that the people we not happy with their government. I can't say I blame them. I do not like that the US "backs" other people's governments that is not our business. Sometimes I am so ashamed and embarrassed of my country but there is nothing I can do about it.
 

Similar threads

Top